Rees Anderson was born in Portland, Oregon, and raised in a family of 10 children. Her father was in the FBI, and the family moved frequently. She has lived in Oregon, Washington, Michigan, Virginia, Tennessee, Texas, California and Utah. She says that frequent moving taught her to make friends easily.
She describes her parents as hard working and says they instilled that ethic in their children. When she borrowed money from her dad to buy a car in college, he made her sign a notarized loan with compounded interest.